27 Jul – Ann Hui will be the first Chinese female director to receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement by the board of The Venice Biennale at the 77th Venice Film Festival.
As reported on Mingpao, the 73-year-old filmmaker, who was contacted about the upcoming honour, stated that she was extremely elated over the news that she was at loss for words.
"There has been a lack of good news in Hong Kong recently, so I am happy to receive such a wonderful news," she added.
Ann also admitted that she was surprised over the honour, since she knew no one in the Western countries and that her last film released in Europe was in 2011.
Asked if she will be attending the festival in person to accept the award, Ann stated that she will look at the situation.
"I hope everything will be better in a month. I would love to attend it, as a female filmmaker and a Hong Kong citizen," she said.
Aside from the Hong Kong filmmaker, English actress Tilda Swinton will also be another recipient of the said award.
Prior to Ann, John Woo received the honour in 2010.
(Photo Source: Mingpao)